Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
I’m so blessed to be a part of a church that encourages me to be more like Jesus and invest in others. Yesterday we learned how Jesus started a movement of multiplication and that way it wasn’t up to Him alone to spread the good news of salvation. He did this by several different steps.
1st – He had to put himself in the location of where the people were. The people that needed to hear the good news and the people that would eventually be his disciples.
2nd – He had to have compassion for people. Meet them where they were and encourage them to grow.
3rd – He prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed for the people and for His Father to put his followers in his path. He also had a great dependence on His Father.
4th – He was willing to invest – invest in people and that meant time, patience and lots of love.
We are all called to multiplication. To open ourselves up to go where we might not usually go. To have compassion and want to share the good news with others, understanding that everyone might not be where we are spiritually, emotional or otherwise. We must have a great dependence on the Lord to give us strength and lead us in the right direction, placing those in our paths that we need to get the job done. And then we must invest, invest in time is something that we all could say we are short of but it’s a necessary part of the investment step.
We are reminded In Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
You know that ordinary people do extraordinary things because of the investment of Jesus and their willingness to invest in others.
So remember, You are extraordinary, I am extraordinary and we are extraordinary for Jesus. Don’t be afraid just take that 1st step.
Lord, I trust you to lead me in the right direction. I trust you to put the right people in my path that will encourage me to grow and you will put the people in my path that I need to invest in. I’m willing! Amen